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Tube Lines awarded for going green

20.11.08: Tube Lines has been presented with the Waste Management Initiative in the Commercial and Public Sector award by Daisy McAndrew, economics editor for ITV News. It is a welcome recognition for the company’s commitment to reduce material cons...

Arbiter publishes his initial view of future costs for Tube Lines

19.09.08: Chris Bolt, the statutory Arbiter for the London Underground Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Agreements, has published his assessment of the costs that Tube Lines could incur in the second 7½ years of its PPP Agreement with Lon...

Top engineering body salutes Metronet’s apprentice success

12.09.08: Metronet has again proved its credentials after their apprenticeship programme was recognised by one of the engineering industry’s most respected organisations, SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) at an event in Westminster last week. ...

No agreement for 24-hour Tube running says RMT

05.09.08: There is no agreement with London Underground staff to run the network round the clock during the 2012 Olympics, the Tube’s biggest union has said. Following the mayor’s public announcement that the network would operate 24 hour...

Tube Lines seeks to build new generation of engineers

01.08.08: Tube Lines is actively promoting engineering as a career by working with young Londoners living along its three Underground lines. 30 Tube Lines engineers have trained as science and engineering ambassadors and are now volunteering their time to...

Electromagnetic compatibility for the London Underground network

16.07.08: There are many new projects and developments being introduced into the London Underground infrastructure including power upgrades, tunnel cooling, signalling improvements, radio and telecommunications system upgrades, step-free access and increa...

London Underground reveals plans to help passengers "stay cool"

16.07.08: Innovative projects this summer as major works continue to find long term solutions to cool the Tube London Underground has revealed a number of new and improved measures to help cool the Tube network this summer. Industrial sized fans will...

Neasden Depot upgrade

16.07.08: The technical challenge of upgrading and modernising facilities on the London Underground network is exemplified by the work being undertaken by Edmund Nuttall Ltd at the Neasden Depot as part of a total contract valued at £51.5 million aw...

Technology transforms Tube

16.07.08: The Victoria line is nearly 40 and facing a mid-life crisis. How can she cope with another 48 million passengers a year by 2025? The answer lies in technology It’s not a sight you see every day of the week – Her Majesty the Quee...

Wildlife makes a beeline to the Underground

16.07.08: London Underground manages 10 per cent of the Capital’s wildlife habitat Passengers travelling on the Tube between Wembley Park and Kingsbury in recent months may have noticed some unusual looking boxes springing up on the trackside n...

Tube Lines gets ten out of ten from Investors in People assessors

11.07.08: Tube Lines’ status as a good employer has been reinforced through the company’s successful renewal of its Investors in People accreditation. Independent assessors congratulated the company for its dedication to ensuring employees hav...

Giant cinema-style screens to beam movie trailers and advertising to Tube passengers

04.07.08: Tube users can now watch moving advertising images on the biggest screens in Europe and keep up-to-date with trailers for the latest movie releases while they wait for their next train. A new cross-track projection (XTP) system, which allow...

Court date set for Metronet’s transfer hearing

09.05.08: Exit from Administration expected within weeks Metronet’s exit from Administration and transfer to Transport for London (TfL) progressed further today, as the PPP Administrators from Ernst & Young confirmed that a court hearing wi...

Three bridges in a row for East London Line extension

25.04.08: A spectacular new bridge for Transport for London's East London Line extension is to be installed in May. The bridge is due to be the last of three new East London Line bridges to be installed within six weeks. The 600 tonne truss steel str...

Metronet staff praised by Society of Operations Engineers

18.04.08: Qualifications prove success of staff competency assurance scheme Over 40 front line Tube maintenance staff have been awarded NVQ level 3 Engineering Technician qualifications approved by the respected Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)...

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Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

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Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

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The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

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Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21/08/2019Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The review into the high-spee... more >